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. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. some new compromising photos of congressman anthony weiner, this time pictures reportedly taken at the capitol, are tonight making it a lot more difficult for weiner and democratic leaders to make this embarrassing scandal go away. the latest pictures have surfaced a day after weiner announced he was taking a leave of absence to seek treatment. and at a time the calls from within his own party for weiner to resign were already becoming more urgent. our capitol hill team is following these new developments beginning with luke russert in our washington newsroom. luke, good evening. >> good evening, lester. tomorrow as congress returns from recess, one member will be noticeably absent. new york congressman anthony weiner who will take a leave of absence from the house. but even after party leaders urged him to do so, will not resign. >> reporter: shocking new photographs of anthony weiner published by tmz.com. the congressman
the canucks to win their first stanley cup in 39 years. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a remarkable step. arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords has reached yet another milestone in her remarkable recovery from severe injuries suffered in an assassination attempt. she is now home, beginning a new chapter in a story that has captivated the nation in so many ways. here's nbc's curt gregory. >> reporter: just six months after suffering life-threatening head injuries, arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords was discharged from tirr memorial hospital in houston. doctors treating giffords say her cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved to the point where she no longer needs to be hospitalized. the chief medical officer says, "we are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. we have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery.
of the campaign season. nbc's steve handelsman reports from new hampshire. >> reporter: six of the republicans debated with an eye on the seventh, mitt romney, the frontrunner in the polls. his focus was barack obama. >> he didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer. >> reporter: the debate was carried live. hundreds of reporters in manchester. tim pawlenty, why did you coin the term obamni care to attack romney? >> it was that he designed it on the romney care in massachusetts. >> asked what worked and what didn't. i would have told you, mr. president, what you are doing will not work. >> militia bachman defended the tea party to a republican. >> there are people that simply want to take the country back. they want the country to work again. >> reporter: businessman herman cane, would you put a muslim in your cabinet? >> i would not be comfortable because you have peaceful muslims and militant muslims, those that are trying to kill us. >> reporter: what about banning same-sex marriage? >> constitutional amendment, get the government out of it. >> reporter: how about illegal
's the buzz behind this bizarre speed at a brazilian soccer match? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with northeast twisters. tornado devastation has become a familiar sight in the midwest this spring. but new england, of all places, is dealing with twister wreckage of its own. a line of storms triggered rare storms in massachusetts yesterday, killing at least four people. for more now, we go to nbc's kurt gregory. >>> nature's power captured on camera again. this time, in springfield, massachusetts. the tower cam at the nbc affiliate shows what appears to be a towering funnel cloud whirling above the city. residents were stunned. >> we had a tornado come down and took out houses behind our building. >> reporter: several buildings in springfield were heavily damaged, large vehicles were flipped, heavy trees were toppled. thousands of customers are without power. massachusetts's governor declared a state of emergency. >> at least 19
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with the sizzling spring. across much of the nation, the heat is on. the soaring mercury from texas to new england already has many hoping these temperatures aren't foreshadowing a summer season that's still weeks away. nbc's kurt gregory reports. >> reporter: with temperatures soaring into the 90s, new yorkers are trying to beat the excessive heat. >> my apartment is as warm inside as it is housed. -- outside. >> reporter: but the extreme heat can also be deadly. five possible heat-related deaths have already been reported in three states. and cooling centers for the elderly are open in st. louis and chicago, where health safety workers are going door to door checking on senior citizens. >> do they have an air condition, do they have a fan? >> reporter: record-breaking highs of 99 degrees in baltimore and washington, while philadelphia hit a record-breaking 97 degrees. blistering conditions for work crews, b
for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt, in tonight for brian. the massive wildfire that has now driven thousands from their homes in arizona is threatening parts of new mexico tonight, and even more of the country is beginning to feel its effects. now the second largest fire in arizona history, it's already burned close to 500 square miles. 2,500 firefighters from as far away as new york are trying to contain it. but there is no containing the smoke that has triggered air quality alerts and spread a thick haze as far away as iowa. here now live is the dramatic backdrop from springerville, arizona, where nbc's george lewis is, to bring us the very latest. george, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. that huge plume of smoke is less than ten miles away from springerville and eagar, arizona, and the word will go out to evacuate if the flames get too close to here. the fire has been roaring aggressively through the mountains on the arizona-new mexico border, threatening towns in its way. >> the smoke covering that entire community. >> reporter: this morning
for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian. the massive wildfire that has now driven thousands from their homes in arizona is threatening parts of new mexico tonight, and even more of the country is starting to feel its effects. now the second largest fire in arizona history, it's already burned close to 500 square miles. 2,500 firefighters from as far away as new york are trying to contain it. but there is no containing the smoke that has triggered air quality alerts and spread a thick haze as far away as iowa. from springerville, arizona tonight nbc's george lewis is standi standing by to bring us the latest. george? >> reporter: yeah, lester, we've been keeping a close eye on this wall of smoke interspersed by gusts of flame as it bears down on the city of eagar, arizona. the south part of eagar under an evacuation order tonight. the rest of eagar and springerville may have to be evacuated if the flames get too close. the fire has been roaring aggressively through the mountains on the arizona-new mexico border, threatening towns in its
who need help in a setting you might not expect. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in minot, north dakota, the river has finally crested, but the damage has been done. and a lot of folks there are still holding their breaths. 4,000 homes and businesses under water. 11,000 people displaced. and officials say despite the fact the water level in the souris river is expected to start dropping, until the highest water passes, they are not out of the woods. and all eyes right now are on the levees, the last line of defense. these have been some anxious hours in and around the city of minot. that's where nbc's john yang starts us off tonight. good evening, john. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the city is holding its breath. the army corps of engineers are standing by in case any of these levees fail. the advance of this water may have been swift but the retreat is going to be agonizingly slow. this water isn't going anywhere any time soon. in minot today, the furious effort to reinforce the last lines of defense around the city's critical infrastructu
paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with leave of absence. congressman anthony weiner is still refusing to follow calls to resign over lewd photos. but suddenly, he is requesting a temporary break from his job. he's getting professional treatment. this, as still more photos surface of the embattled new york democrat. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: outside the new york office of embattled congressman anthony weiner a small but vocal group demanded he resign over a growing internet sex scandal. >> in order to be an effective leader, you have to be respected. >> reporter: hours earlier, tmz.com released a new batch of suggestive photos. apparently self-portraits taken in a congressman gym. now, the congressman is being forced to explain his online communication with a 17-year-old girl. >> it's nothing explicit, nothing indecent. >> reporter: though he's taking a leave of absence to deal with his problems, top democrats have heard enough
. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with coming home. this evening military families are expected to get some welcome news from president obama. in a primetime speech from the white house, he is expected to announce his plans to start winding down the nearly decade-long u.s. mission in afghanistan. for more on that we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington for us. >> everyone wants to know what are the numbers tonight. we believe that he'll say 5,000 troops will come home in july, another 5,000 either by the end of the year or possibly late spring. the rest of the troop surge, the remainder of the 30,000 troops he sent to afghanistan could come home, according to some source, by the end of next year. some on capitol hill here say that is not fast enough. some very conservative republicans have teamed up with liberal democrats, almost 60 of them, sending the president a letter saying we need to speed this up. half of the troops should come
republicans call for his resignation. nbc's trait tracy potts joins us with more on this. >> reporter: republicans have been quite outspoken. there are a number of lawmakers who want him to step down. >> i wish there was some way i could defend him, but i can't. >> if congressman calls him for advice. he'll say -- >> call somebody else. >> reid is one of the few democrats who spoke out of the w weiner admitted sending his lewd photo of himself to a sledge student. >> i think they should be kicked out of office for betraying the people's trust. >> i think the lying part was worse than the pictures. >> a poll found that just over half of voters think he should stay unless he was sexting at work on government phones or computers. >> unless he was using government money or resources. >> we have the responsibility to look in every corner. >> the blogger who broke the story says there is one x-rated photo that he won't release. >> i don't think i want to put his family through that type of thing. >> reporter: he could end up losing his seat anyway. one of those districts lynn, could be his.
>>> right now on nbc bay area news at 11:00, the bart police officer who shot and killed oscar grant two years ago on a bart platform is set to be released from jail hours from now. tonight hundreds of people gathered to protest. >>> and the family of missing hayward student michelle le stepped up their search efforts today. we'll show you how it pulling a community together. >>> and three months later, a look at japan's reactors, and what is being done to stop the spread of radiation. nbc bay area news at 11:00 starts right now. >> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. in less than an hour, johannes mehserle could walk out of the los angeles county jail a free man. he is the former bart officer viced of shooting and killing a man on a bart platform two years ago. it's expected jail officials will release him some time between midnight and very early tomorrow morning. tonight in oakland, hundreds of people protested. nbc bay area's monte francis is in downtown oakland with that story for us. monte? >> reporter: diane, good evening. business owners had feared that there would be violen
has no students. when bright ideas run into budget realities. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening. the spring of our discontent which has already brought us the worst tornado season in recent memory is now adding fire, heat and still more flooding to the mix. in arizona, a wildfire already that state's third biggest ever, has burned over 200 square miles and continues to grow. in the upper midwest it's water that has tens of thousands of people on the move. a flood emergency affecting more than a half dozen states tonight. and then there is the record heat. 90s, even triple digit temperatures baking spring flowers and breaking records in at least 25 cities today. we've got it all covered tonight. we begin with nbc's janet shamlian. >> reporter: a major wildfire in arizona. fueled by high temperatures and gusty winds is sending smoke as far as new mexico and southern colorado. some 1,300 firefighters from across the country are battling the blaze which
to vote. that is if a compromise is reached. >>> coming up on nbc bay area news at 11:00, a record-breaking launch for a new game by san francisco-based zenga. we'll take a closer look at empires and allies. >>> but first, the passenger jet involved in the miracle on the hudson makes its final landing of sorts. we'll show you. >>> and most of us saw at least somee uny.shindato tomorrow, a different story.da we've got big changes in the weather department. your complete forecast details are coming up. i know you're worried about making your savings last and having enough income when you retire. that's why i'm here -- to help come up with a plan and get you on the right path. i have more than a thousand fidelity experts working with me so that i can work one-on-one with you. it's your green line. but i'll be there every step of the way. call or come in and talk with us today. >>> it's become an aviation icon. and now you'll be able to see it for yourself. for the past week, the miracle on the hudson plane made a historic journey from a warehouse in new jersey to a new home at an avia
the rodeo some pi-sized cowpokes prove themselves inside the rodeo ring. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, includes the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin withdrawing down. last night president obama addressed the nation unveiling his plan for the next steps in the war in afghanistan. it's a proposal that will have thousands of troops coming home from the nearly decade-old conflict. for more we go to tracie potts in washington for us. tracey, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. president obama said it is time to bring this war to a responsible end. with the american economy in mind, president obama says the war in afghanistan is coming to an end beginning next month. >> we have spent a trillion dollars on war. at a time of rising debt and hard economic times, it is time to focus on nation building here at home. >> reporter: his plan, 10,000 troops out by the end of this year. 33,000 total by next summer. it is a more as gresive pullout than military advisers wanted, but
of missing cash intended for iraq's reconstruction go? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a republican faesoff. last night gop contenders vying for their party's nomination in the 2012 presidential race squared off in the first major debate of the campaign season. for all candidates it was an opportunity to bash president obama, while congresswoman michelle bachman used the stage to announce she's officially in the contest. nbc's steve handelsman reports from new hampshire. >> reporter: six of the republicans debated with an eye on the seventh, mitt romney, the frontrunner in the polls. his focus was barack obama. >> he didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer. >> reporter: the debate was carried live. hundreds of reporters in manchester. tim pawlenty, why did you coin the term obamni care to attack romney? >> it was that he designed it on the romney care in massachusetts. >> asked what worked and what didn't. i would have told you, mr. president, what you are doing will not work. >> milit
.s. city has been named the nation's most sedentary? captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a recipe for disaster. as if crews in the southwest don't have enough of a challenge battling fierce wildfires burning across the region, now they're in a race to keep those flames from approaching a nuclear weapons facility in new mexico. nbc's curt gregory has more. >> reporter: a fast-moving fire continues to burn less than a mile from the los alamos national laboratory. a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the city of 44,000. >> kind of makes you nervous with all this nuclear stuff around. >> reporter: the secretive nuclear lab has been shut down. for now all hazardous and radioactive materials are protected. fire crews are working nonstop. >> i will not say -- we're doing our best to keep it off the laboratory. >> reporter: los alamos is famous, home of the manhattan project where scientists developed the first atomic bomb. it's spread out over 36 sq
rescue a woman from flood waters. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with the final touchdown. for the last time, the space shuttle "endeavour" has returned to earth. "endeavour" delivered a six-member crew early this morning beginning a new chapter, retirement. with more, nbc's jay gray is at the kennedy space center in florida. jay, good morning to you. >> and good morning to you, lynn. mission managers say from the start to this morning's finish that the final trip of "endeavour" could not have been much better. everything picture perfect as it landed here at kennedy space center earlier this morning, it was the first shutting and the last to put the finishing touches on the space station. putting parts and supplies to keep the station goes there. it logged 123 million miles in space, 299 days it spent in orbit. now nasa managers turn their attention to what will be the final launch here scheduled to launch here on july 8th. that is the latest h
the impact of the crash. he survived but is hospitalized still. his niece spoke to nbc's richard sharp on this sunday about her uncle and what happened. >> reporter: a deadly collision that killed the conductor of the train and threw the assistant conductor, richard of elk grove, from the train. >> his right arm was messed p up really bad. he almost lost his finger. they were able to sew it back on. >> reporter: michelle childs is the man's niece. she was just talking about why being a conductor was a good job, with him. >> he said, yeah, there are bonuses and perks to working there, but he's had to deal with people dying before wheth. when there's a train wreck, someone dies. >> the local connection has surprised neighbors. >> reporter: the assistant conductor on that train lives next door. >> oh, really? >> it's shocking. i had no idea. >> boy, that's terrible. >> when i first heard the news, we're kind of train buffs, it's, like, oh, this is really awful. but it's impersonal. when you hear it's a guy across the street, it's, like, oh, it's not so impersonal. >> reporter: the neighbo
's most active volcanos. the captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with truth and consequences. representative anthony weiner's political career hangs in the balance this morning as a number of women are claiming to have had online relationships with him. this as fellow democrats fail to come to the new york congressman's aid while republicans call for his resignation. nbc's kristin dahlgren reports. >> reporter: one day after representative anthony weiner's shocking mia culpa -- >> i've exchanged photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last six years. >> democratic leader nancy pelosi was calling for an ethics investigation to see if rules were broken. we have a code of conduct that we have to -- that we have to follow. so it's a much higher standard than people realize. >>> house majority leader eric cantor was among republicans calling for even more. >> i don't condone his activity. i think he should resign. >> reporter: but the new york congressman has vowed to stay in office. >> i don't see i did t
of us at nbc news, thanks for joining us. >>> this morning on "early today," snowball effect. top democrats urge embattled congressman anthony weiner to resign, as yet more bizarre photos emerge. >>> fiasco in france. a horrifying crash at the famous le mans endurance race. >>> and don't mess with texas. the dallas mavecks best the miami heat to win their first the dallas mavecks best the miami heat to win their first nba championship title. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with leave of absence. congressman anthony weiner is still refusing to follow calls to resign over lewd photos. but suddenly, he is requesting a temporary break from his job. he's getting professional treatment. this, as still more photos surface of the embattled new york democrat. nbc's brian moore reports. >> reporter: outside the new york office of embattled congressman anthony weiner a small but vocal group demanded he resign over a growing internet sex scandal. >> in order to be an effective leader, you have to be respected. >> re
secrets easily. >>> that's all for now. i'm ann curry. for all of us here at nbc news, i'm ann curry. for all of us here at nbc news, thanks for joining us. >>> this morning on "early today," fire fury. wild fires send arizona residents fleeing as much of the country swept through record-breaking heat. >>> mystery solved? what appears to be the source of the deadly e. coli outbreak in europe. >>> and south american shake-up, a rumbling volcano spews tons of ash in chile. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello. good morning, i'm lynn berry. welcome to our viewers including those across the pacific time zone. today we begin with out of control. some parts of the u.s. recover from the tumultuous tornado season, arizona is now dealing with a blaise covering more than 200 square miles. residents are evacuating at the state's third biggest wild fire ever rages on. nbc's frances coe reports. >> reporter: the temperatures and high winds seemed a perfect mix for this historic blaze in eastern arizona, smoke spread as far as new mexico and colorado. >> that would be horrible
paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to ours viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with too close for comfort. this morning the nation's premier nuclear laboratory is under siege. fire crews in new mexico are scrambling to drive back a wildfire that's now reached within just 50 feet of the los alamos national lab. nbc's kurt gregory reports. >> reporter: a fierce wildfire continues to grow in los alamos very close to the national laboratory. firefighters are working day and night to clear brush and extinguish spot fires near the sprawling nuclear research facility. >> we have not lost any structures at the laboratory or in the town site, and we don't plan on losing any structures. >> reporter: the secretive los alamos laboratory is made up of 2,000 buildingsed a nearly four dozen sites. it's home to the nation's largest supply of nuclear weapons. >> our facilities and nuclear materials are protected and safe. >> reporter: another concern. the possible release of radioactive and harmful materi
how much did michael jackson's iconic red and black leather jacket go for? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and very good morning to you. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a record-breaking river. in north dakota the souris river has finally crested, although residents are not out of the woods just yet. all eyes are now on the levees. the last line of defense for homes and businesses not already under water. nbc's john yang reports. >> reporter: in minot, a furious effort to reinforce the last lines of defense around the city's critical infrastructure. >> this is our war zone here. and this is where we continue to fight. >> reporter: so far the levees are holding at the water filtration plant, but officials have ordered already weary residents to boil their drinking water in case the supply is contaminated. >> until there is a significant reduction in the water level, we all have to remain vigilant. >> reporter: the souris river crested in minot about two feet lower than fore
in a scene reminiscent of a hitchcock film. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with the bumpy road to 2012. gop presidential hopeful newt gingerich says he is still in the race for the white house, despite yesterday's unprecedented mass exodus of several key members of his campaign staff. brian moore joins us from washington with more on that as well as the latest details on the road to 2012. good morning. >> good morning. newt gingerich's campaign manager and several other top aides have jumped the bandwagon gingerich says he's very much still in the campaign. that is the eve of a big debate that will be attended by non other by mitt romney. that's a clear sign that he wants to side step the social issues and focus on the economy. sarah palin is about to have to face 24,000 pages of e-mails that are being released by the state of alaska. this is in response to media request made during the 2008 presidential campaign. >> brian, thank you. >>> elsewhe
. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. tonight in this country, three separate nuclear facilities are in danger, two of them because of floodwaters, one of them because of fire. at the los alamos national lab in new mexico, there's now a mandatory evacuation of the city in effect. 12,000 people are on the move because of the fire burning less than a mile away from the facility, which as you may know has always been shrouded in secrecy. and the flooding in the upper plains which has shattered records dating back to the 1800 has surroundsed now a nuclear power plant in nebraska and threatens another, all this while the suffering and the high water remain in minot, north dakota. >>> we have all the fronts covered tonight, we want to begin with this situation in los alamos. janet shanlian is there to start us off tonight. janet, good evening. >> reporter: this situation has become much more serious just within the last few hours, within striking distance of this town and the wind has picked up considerably. earlier cars were bumper to
astronomer spots a mysterious structure on the red planet. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a stunning confession. after days of denial, married congressman anthony weiner admitted yesterday that he did, in fact, send a lewd photo to one of his twitter followers. weiner, however, says he has no plans to resign. tracy pots is in washington with more. he wants voters to decide. >> i am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife, huma, and our family and my constituents, my friends, supporters and staff. >> reporter: admitting it was him that sent an explicit photo to a woman over the internet. then panicked and lied what he posted it publicly. turns out it wasn't his first time sexting. nbc has not verified photos. >> we wrote the story after a congressman admitted that his computer had been invaded by a hack. nancy pelosi is calling for an investigation. he says he will cooperate but won't step down. he had been considered a rising star
-canadian highway in british columbia. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with no more mr. nice guy. yesterday in president obama's first formal news conference since march he delivered a presidential tongue lashing. his target? lawmakers in congress who he said aren't doing enough for americans, mocking them for their procrastination on the debt ceiling deadline. nbc's kristen dahlgren reports. >> reporter: for most of his press conference a frustrated president obama took congress to task. >> my expectation is that leaders are going to lead. >> reporter: accusing republicans of playing a dangerous game as the august 2nd deadline for an agreement to raise the debt ceiling looms. >> if the united states government for the first time cannot pay its bills, if it defaults, then the consequences for the u.s. economy will be significant. >> reporter: at one point the president said even his daughters sasha and malia were more disciplined with deadlines
>>> and hats off. the u.s. army ditches a much hated part of their uniform. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including pacific time zones. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with asking for trouble. in a development that's certain to increase tensions between washington and islamabad, the "new york times" is reporting pakistan has arrested several cia informants who provided information that led to the killing of osama bin laden. for more on the report we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington for us. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. five in all, according to "the new york times" report this morning including an army major who apparently was writing down license plates as they were going in and out of the bin laden compound. we've just gotten news this morning that a senior pakistani official says that this report is not true. he denies that they've arrested the major, but he made no comment on the other four people believed to have been arrested as informants of the cia. th
an employee altercation at a fireworks stand. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with coming home. this evening military families are expected to get some welcome news from president obama. in a primetime speech from the white house, he is expected to announce his plans to start winding down the nearly decade-long u.s. mission in afghanistan. for more on this we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington. tracie, good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning. of course, the white house reluctant to jump the gun before that speech tonight, but sources are telling us here's what the president will announce. 5,000 troops coming home beginning july. another 5,000 by the end of the year, and possibly as many as 30,000 by the end of next year, although he may leave that number up to military commanders. here on capitol hill some lawmakers say it is not fast enough. nearly 60 democrats and republicans teamed up to write a letter to the white house urging the president to make significant reductions. some of them asking fo
's all for now. i'm lester holt for all of us as nbc news, thanks for joining us. shop in 18 years. they seem skittish at the -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> this morning on "early today," under water. the bulging souris river reaches its full height, leaving thousands of north dakota homes flooded. >>> surf's up. a shark joins a pack of unsuspected surfers in florida. >>> and auction thriller. how much did michael jackson's iconic red and black leather how much did michael jackson's iconic red and black leather jacket go for? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and very good morning to you, i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with a record-breaking river. in north dakota the souris river has finally crested, although residents are not out of the woods just yet. all eyes are now on the levees. the last line of defense for homes and businesses not already under water. >> reporter: in minot, a furious effort to reinforce the last lines of defense around the city's critical infrastructure. >> this is our war zone here. and this is where we continue to
in three decades. >>> and a south bay teacher reaches higher aboard a flying nasa research lab. nbc bay area news at 11:00 starts right now. >> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. police tonight in east palo alto are investigating a killing that they say strikes at the heart of the community. that's because the victim is a 3-month-old boy. investigators called in help from neighboring police departments and vowed to track down the killers. nbc bay area's kimberly tere is here with more on what happened and the search for the gunmen. kimberly? >> reporter: diane, east palo alto has come a long way in curbing violence. this is the second homicide of the year. at this time last year they had four. but it is a heinous crime, as you mentioned. police say they have promising leads at this hour, and that's because they called in extra resources to canvas a neighborhood with a the shooting happened. they say they are putting everything into looking for those responsible for this act. east palo alto police say the early morning shooting that killed a 3-month-old baby was no accident. >> why they were
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